Liuget (quadriceps) met with the Giants recently, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Liuget missed the first four weeks of 2018 for a PED suspension and landed on injured reserve in November with a torn right quadriceps tendon. He said in late February that he was 80-to-90 percent healthy, which suggests he's close to full strength at this point in time. The 29-year-old was in decline even before his injury/suspension-plagued season, but his wealth of experience playing 3-4 defensive end could make him a nice fit with the Giants. Liuget averaged 733 snaps, 50 tackles and 5.7 sacks per season during his 2012-14 peak.
Liuget hinted in an interview with Kirk Morrison on SiriusXM Radio he's about "80-90 percent" recovered from a torn quadriceps injury that required surgery in November.
Liuget technically is a free agent given the Chargers declined his $8 million team option last week, but the veteran defensive tackle did mention he'd be open to returning to the team should it be interested. After recording 21 sacks in his first five seasons with the club, Liuget has struggled to stay on the field, picking up just three sacks in 34 subsequent games, and will likely struggle to command a top-dollar deal given his age (he'll soon be 29) and recent injury history.
The move comes as no surprise, as Liuget's level of production the past three seasons hasn't justified that kind of financial commitment. The veteran defensive tackle played in only six games last season and underwent surgery in November to repair a torn right quadriceps tendon, so there's no guarantee he's fully healthy for training camp this summer. The Chargers may still be interested in re-signing Liuget at a more team-friendly price.
Liuget underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn right quadriceps tendon, Sam Fortier of The Athletic reports.
Liuget is now looking at a 6-to-9-month recovery timetable, which threatens his availability for the start of training camp. The defensive tackle should be close to full health at the start of the 2019 campaign, but his absence for the rest of the current season leaves a big void in the middle of the defensive line. The Chargers claimed defensive tackle T.Y. McGill off waivers to fill the opening on the 53-man roster after Los Angeles officially shuttled Liuget to injured reserve earlier Wednesday.
Liuget suffered a season-ending torn quad tendon during a Week 11 loss to the Broncos. The backup defensive tackle will set his sights on a return to the field in 2019, and finish the 2018 season on injured reserve. The Chargers have signed T.Y. McGill to take Liuget's spot on the 53-man roster.
|2011||San Diego Chargers||15||19||14.0||5||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||16||51||36.0||15||7||0||0||0.0||0||0||9|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||42||32.0||10||5.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||16||57||45.0||12||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2015||San Diego Chargers||11||34||28.0||6||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||16||36||28.0||8||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||12||21||15.0||6||1.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||6||14||9.0||5||1.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||15||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||2||0||2||0||2||1|
|2015||San Diego Chargers||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||6||0||0||0||0||1||24||1||0|